305: Reunion Gift Volunteers

Recorded On: 11/16/2021


Volunteers are an essential component for any successful reunion or class gift fundraising effort. In addition to providing ideas, guidance, and feedback for staff, they can help to identify prospective donors, sign appeals, and solicit their peers. Developing good systems and programs to manage, support, and steward volunteers will not only ensure fundraising success in the near term—it will enhance a culture of philanthropy on your campus for years to come.

Register now to learn how to successfully manage volunteers to support your institution’s reunion and class giving efforts.

This webinar is eligible for 1.25 points of CFRE credit.


  • Methods for identifying and recruiting volunteers
  • Tips for setting expectations and developing role descriptions
  • Tactics for training, motivating, and supporting volunteers
  • Guidelines for monitoring volunteer activity and evaluating productivity 
  • Examples from other institutions, and more!

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Melinda Phillips

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Annual Giving

Vanderbilt University

Melinda Phillips is a fundraising and engagement professional with more than 15 years of experience in development and alumni relations. She is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Annual Giving at Vanderbilt University, where she oversees a team charged with raising current-use support across the university and increasing engagement and participation among alumni, parents, students, and friends. Previously, she oversaw annual giving volunteer efforts for Vanderbilt’s undergraduate schools and served as Director of Annual Giving for Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Melinda earned her BA from Rhodes College and her MTS from Harvard Divinity School.


Reunion & Class Giving Volunteers
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